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  • Summary: The Chicago rock band's latest album is also the soundtrack to the film of the same name.
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  1. As with songs like "The Orchids" and "Spider's House," the continued confidence in slow, sleepy numbers, hinting more towards the ambient side of experimental folk, like the devastating "Krill" or the aforementioned "Evidence" suggests that as Rutili ages, his music will only grow in accessibility, relying less and less on the clatter of his youth. Songs like "Gauze" used to be austere nuggets buried in the noise, but these days, the noisy abstractions are, for the most part, the odd-man out.
  2. Each song shows new facets of their sound.
  3. They are doing the same thing they always do, which entails gorgeous and gracefully surprising variations on a deeply resonant motif.
  4. It is another well-made and executed Califone album, and it stays completely true to their concept. Consistency is underrated.
  5. It's filled with engagingly warm-sounding tunes mating melodic accessibility with a winning lyrical evanescence powered by the same kind of poetic dream logic that's cropped up in Califone's concepts before.
  6. 78
    Califone's first EP in 1998 may have been ahead of its time, and now, 11 years later, just might be the time when the band has truly grown into its own. [Fall 2009, p.94]
  7. It is still a loose affair, but it allows the quartet to explore the far reaches of their songs rather than just wander folk's outer soloar system. [Nov 2009, p.103]

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  1. Jan 17, 2013
    At the risk of sounding pretentious, this album is sublime - This is possibly their most refined and on-point project yet.At the risk of sounding pretentious, this album is sublime - This is possibly their most refined and on-point project yet. Like all Califone albums, it blows you away on the first listen, and only gets better with each successive listen. I've had it for about two weeks now and I'm finding it hard to tear myself away to listen to anything else.

    As luck would have it, they're coming through Missoula on Feb. 7. To hell with the Super Bowl, I get to see Califone!